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Milosevic Funeral in Serbia Today


Mourners are gathering in Belgrade, Serbia today for the funeral of late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who died in detention at the U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague.

Serbian President Boris Tadic ruled out a state funeral or any official remembrances for Milosevic, who was on trial for more than 60 charges of war crimes and genocide for his role in the Balkans conflicts in the 1990's. He died last Saturday of a heart attack.

After a week of controversy, it was decided Milosevic would be buried on the grounds of his family home east of Belgrade. Tens of thousands of Milosevic supporters are expected to fill the streets of the town of Pozarevac today-Saturday.

Milosevic's widow, Mira Markovic, and son, Marko, planned to remain in Russia where officials said the two expressed fear they would be detained if they traveled to Serbia for the funeral.

A Serbian court this week suspended an arrest warrant for Markovic on charges of abuse of power, but authorities said they would still require her to surrender her passport and appear before a judge.

Milosevic - known as the "Butcher of the Balkans" - was arrested in 2001. His trial, which lasted nearly four years, was due to end in the next few months.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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